Assyrian Genocide Monument in Australia Vandalized
Assyrian Memorial Vandalised
A memorial dedicated to the Assyrian genocide during World War One has been desecrated just weeks after it was officially unveiled.
The monument, on the corner of Smithfield Road and Elizabeth Drive, was unveiled on August 7 after a planning and approval process marred by controversy.
Vandals attacked the $70,000 memorial over the weekend, spray-painting offensive slogans on it.
A war memorial in Fairfield Park, dedicated to Australian and Assyrian soldiers who fought together, was also vandalised with a mixture of concrete and paint.
See Wednesday's Champion for more details.
Assyrian Genocide Monument Vandalized
For Immediate Release
Sydney – 30 August, 2010
The Assyrian genocide monument, a memorial to the nearly 750,000 Assyrians murdered by Turkey’s Ottoman Government during World War I was vandalized over the weekend of August 29. The 1914-1918 genocide perpetrated against the Christian population of Anatolia which also claimed the lives of one and half million Armenians and thousands of Pontic Greeks is a shameful act committed by the Ottoman Empire in its final years.
The Assyrian Universal Alliance strongly condemns this act and demands that the perpetrators be brought to justice. We urge everyone to remain calm and refrain from passing judgment on any specific group of people, holding them responsible for this reprehensible conduct. We call upon the authorities to be diligent in identifying the responsible parties, helping to calm the situation.
We assure everyone that the Assyrian Universal Alliance will see to it that the monument is restored to its original state regardless of how many times it is vandalized.
Assyrian Universal Alliance - Australia Region
'Genocide' monument vandalised
The memorial opened earlier this month, to controversy and elevated
racial tensions between Turkish and Assyrian communities. (Fairfield
A Sydney memorial dedicated to the alleged Assyrian genocide during World
War one has been vandalised.